Police Impersonator Nabbed In Tricked-Out SUV; 'I'm The Sheriff, Who Are You?'
Waterford, MI – The Oakland County sheriff stopped a police vehicle that didn’t look right and found an armed man posing as a police officer.
Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard had just left a meeting on Feb. 6 and was driving down M-59 near Telegraph Road when he saw the strange-looking police SUV, WDIV reported.
“Initially, to me, it looked exactly like a police car,” Sheriff Bouchard said. “It was a police car, it had the push bumpers, a whole light array on the back. It said ‘police interceptor dial 911’ as well as ‘K-9 stay back.'”
Then the sheriff noticed a decal on the SUV that said “emergency response” that set off his Spidey senses.
“I was like, ‘That’s not a police car. Something weird is going on here,'" Sheriff Bouchard told WDIV.
So he ran the SUV’s license plate and when it came back, the registration showed the vehicle was not associated with any police agency.
That’s when Sheriff Bouchard hit his lights and siren and initiated a traffic stop on the bogus police vehicle, WDIV reported.
The sheriff, who was wearing civilian clothes a necktie for his meeting, said that windows were so darkly tinted that he could not see who was inside the SUV until the driver rolled down his window.
“He looks at me and says, ‘Who are you?’ And I said, ‘I’m the sheriff. Who are you?'" Sheriff Bouchard told WDIV.
The sheriff said that police impersonator had the interior of his vehicle set up to look like it belonged to law enforcement, too.
The suspect had installed a fake radar gun on the dashboard, as well as mounted something that looked like a dispatch computer with a digital display, according to WDIV.
Sheriff Bouchard said the suspect posing as an officer was armed with a loaded .45-caliber Glock handgun and a large Bowie knife.
The police impersonator was arrested and taken to the Oakland County jail, WDIV reported.
The sheriff said his department wants to know if anybody has been stopped by bogus police SUV.
Charges against the imposter were pending, according to WDIV.
“You never know what the day will hold,” the sheriff posted on his own Facebook page after the incident.
Sheriff Bouchard served as a Republican in the Michigan state senate from 1991 to 1998. In 2010, he ran for governor.
He was appointed Oakland County Sheriff in 1999 and was named the “Sheriff of the Year” in 2016 by the National Sheriffs’ Association.